Much Ado About Nothing Available To Download From Digital Theatre

After a series of teasing tweets last night, Digital Theatre have made Much Ado About Nothing, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, available as a digital download from today (13th December).

The play is available as a rental download at £5.99, or to keep at £8.99, with a HD option at £10.99.
The trailer is available to view
here, while the download can be purchased here. For more information check the official Digital Theatre press release below:




Digital Theatre announces William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as its latest release available to watch online or download to the desktop, with pre-order available from today (13 December 2011) at and release on 13 December 2011. Starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as Benedict and Beatrice, Josie Rourke’s award winning production of Much Ado About Nothing enjoyed a record breaking run in the West End earlier this year breaking all previous Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office records. Presented in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, designs were by Rob Jones with lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Emma Laxton

The cast comprises David Tennant (Benedick) and Catherine Tate (Beatrice), Tom Bateman (Claudio), Alex Beckett (Borachio), Joshua Berg (Titus), Jonathan Coy (Leonato), Anna Farnworth (Innogen), Mike Grady (Verges), Clive Hayward (Hugh Oatcake/Friar Francis), Derek Howard (Angelo), Kathryn Hunt (Ursula), Adam James (Don Pedro), Lee Knight (Conrade), Elliot Levey (Don John), Nicholas Lumley (George Seacole), Sarah MacRae (Hero), John Ramm (Dogberry), Enzo Squillino Jnr (Balthasar/Sexton), Leo Staar (Messenger), Natalie Thomas (Margaret) and Hannah Warren-Green (Maria).
Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Catherine Tate) and Benedick (David Tennant) whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.

Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw launched Digital Theatre in 2009 and have recently celebrated the Company’s second birthday. In that time the site has visits from over 145 countries worldwide. With the support of Equity, BECTU and the Musicians Union, Digital Theatre produces theatre productions filmed in front of live audiences and are available to rent and stream online or purchase and download from Digital Theatre Plus is a unique online learning resource designed to deliver quality productions to schools, universities and libraries. Bringing together the current production catalogue available through the Digital Theatre website, the resource also includes behind-the-scenes documentaries and graphic learning resources, enriching students' cultural experience whilst facilitating the study of English, Drama and Theatre Studies.

Digital Theatre’s partner theatres are the Almeida Theatre Company, the Bush Theatre, English Touring Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic.

The sell-out record breaking West End production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, directed by Josie Rourke.

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse critically acclaimed production of Macbeth starring David Morrissey, directed by Gemma Bodinetz.

The sell-out West End production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons opened at the Apollo Theatre in 2010 with a cast led by David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker, directed by Howard Davies.

The Olivier Award winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods, directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s As You Like It, directed by Artistic Director Michael Boyd, which enjoyed sell out seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon, at the Roundhouse and in New York.

English Touring Theatre’s Far From The Madding Crowd, an adaptation by Mark Healy from Thomas Hardy, directed by Kate Saxon with a cast including Rebecca O’Mara, Phil Cheadle and Stephen Billington.

The Container, presented in association with The Young Vic and Amnesty International, highlighting the plight of illegal immigrants coming to the UK, written by Clare Bayley, directed by Tom Wright, designed by Naomi Dawson.

Jez Butterworth's Laurence Oliver Award nominated Parlour Song, directed by Ian Rickson at the Almeida Theatre with a cast comprising Amanda Drew, Andrew Lincoln and Toby Jones.

Kathryn Hunter’s acclaimed one woman show Kafka’s Monkey by Franz Kafka, in an adaptation by Colin Teevan, directed by Walter Meierjohann, which enjoyed two sell-out season at the Young Vic.

Mark Ravenhill’s Over There, part of the Royal Court Theatre’s 2009 Off The Wall season, written by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Ravenhill and Ramin Gray, with a cast of twin brothers Harry Treadaway and Luke Treadaway.

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Told by an Idiot’s The Comedy of Errors, created for schools and family audiences, directed by Paul Hunter. In addition Digital Theatre offer a behind the scenes documentary to download.


  1. does that mean that Much ado about nothing won't come on DVD?

  2. Beware! Download and view only thru standalone Digital Theatre player!

  3. what about us across the pond?? :((

  4. We went to London twice - from Sweden to see the play and we have waited for the DVD. Yesterday we downloaded the play and enjoyed it at home but I still hope for a DVD (with subtitels). It's a wounderful play and David together with Catherine is a sheer joy!

  5. I don't have my own computer,so a download isn't much use to me. Will this be available to buy as a DVD? This play was such a joy this summer, and I attended many performances. Each show was heartwarming.

  6. As tempted as I am, I would prefer a DVD, please let us know if this is likely to happen ?

  7. I'm so glad this has become available. I've purchased the download, but would still like to have a DVD. I'm in the US. Purchasing and downloading was easy, but I'm having technical difficulties with the player crashing several times as I try to watch the play. I'm working on it with the support folks at Digital Theatre. The play itself is fantastic!!! Thank you so much!!!

  8. Paid and downloaded the HD version (saw the play twice in London and couldn't wait to see it again) but playback is slightly stilted and jerky in fullscreen, no matter what I do - watchable, but hardly DVD quality and tiring on the eyes after a few minutes. I have a good laptop which plays blu-rays no problem, so I would've expected the HD to work fine. Also disappointed that I've paid DVD-price for something I can only download three times overall - no lending it to friends like a DVD then!

    Good to have a copy, but I wish I'd saved my money and waited for a DVD.

  9. A DVD is listed on the site but pre-orders aren't being taken at the moment.


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